Conclusion: TomTom's full-featured GO 740 LIVE sets the new standard for connected GPS devices, but its voice recognition features still need improvement.
Pros: Integrated data connection for live traffic updates, weather, and fuel information and Google Local Search. TomTom's free Map Share helps keeps your maps up-to-date. IQ Routes. Advanced lane guidance.
Cons: Live services require a monthly subscription after three-month trial period expires. Many voice functions also require touch-screen input. Relatively small internal POI database.
Excerpt: TomTom GO 740 Live is a revolutionary step for the roads and also it is the divine help that can reduce so many burdens of the driver by supplying almost all the information that are required for the better driving and betterment of driving. Some of the features of the device are unique and makes a great sense. One of the most important features can be a built-in wireless data connection which makes the user easy access to live traffic data and Local Search by Google.
Excerpt: Yummy: TomTom GO 740 Live is a traffic enabling unit with the connection of GPS and it offers minute to minute traffic updates. Other features available are weather forecasts, fuel prices, and Local Search powered by Google. Map Share and IQ Routes are the newly introduced technologies that allow map data to update with the latest details. Bluetooth hands-free calling and voice command help the driver to keep both hands on the wheel.
Summary: The TomTom GO 740 LIVE offers a very compelling package of features in a high end device, that is now selling for a price that a year or so ago represented the middle of the line. The overall device is a solid TomTom, with a slightly updated interface that is a bit confusing to the user who may be used to the older TomTom interfaces, as there are more subtle icon differences that slowed me down a bit.
Excerpt: Recently, we asked Gear Patrol fans on Facebook whether there was any type of product they’d like to see more coverage on at our site. One reader responded asking about what was the absolute best Car GPS device on the market today. So, to answer that question, we present the TomTom GO 740 Live GPS. Released early in 2009, this is the first device offered by the well-known GPS manufacturer to feature a built-in wireless data internet connection.
Summary: While some of its features could use a little polishing, the $399 TomTom Go 740 Live provides a good navigation experience, with well designed and colorful maps and quick rerouting. People who spend a lot of time on the road will appreciate TomTom’s subscription services over GPS devices with MSN Direct, as it better helps you find what you need and get there faster.
Pros: Learning curve on voice commands, Small installed POI database, Map view should be better organized,
Cons: Local search and traffic info, Large 4.3-inch screen, MapShare lets you download corrections from other TomTom owners,
Excerpt: The TomTom GO 740 LIVE is TomTom’s first navigation device with a built in cellular connection. It comes with a three-month subscription to TomTom’s LIVE services, giving you access to Google Local search, TomTom traffic, fuel prices, weather and more.
Excerpt: This wireless data connection allows the TomTom Go 740 Live to download information relevant to your journey, such as traffic, weather and fuel prices. While these connected services are a useful addition, they didn't always make my commute easier - and the services' costs add up over time.